Our Team


Jonathan Avne, Design Consultant for the Inland Empire

I am very excited to work for a company who treats their employees and clients with the upmost in professionalism, integrity, and respect.  I absolutely love what I do, and it’s that passion that inspires me to work with my clients in coming up with solutions to help simplify their lives.     I have over 8 years of experience with California Closets, and 25 years of sales and management experience.  I pride myself in exceling at communication and follow through .

Suzi Beirle, Design Consultant

One of my favorite games is Tetris. All the different falling shapes and pretty colors all needing to be fit into a small space, maximizing the amount of tiles to rack up points. The hours of playing this game have paid off! Over the years, assigning falling objects “a place” has been the number one reason people initially call and invite me into their homes. After recently downsizing homes personally, I appreciate first-hand how essential it is to maximize space and uncover and utilize hidden space you didn’t even know existed!

Kathy Bitter, Design Consultant

I have always been passionate about organization and design, earning an advanced degree in Interior Design.  I have had the privilege of designing custom storage solutions for California Closets since 2001.  Throughout my career with California Closets, I have sold and designed over 2,000 custom storage systems for every room of the home.

Mona Ciampa, Design Consultant

After many years in the Advertising and Marketing industry, I decided to pursue a design consultant career with California Closets. The combination of my past career experience,  love for design, and innate need (as a Virgo) to organize, I soon realized that I loved the challenge of creating customized storage solutions for my clients. 

Claudia Hemmi, Interior Designer

I always think about home as our sanctuary, our personal space where we retreat from the world. That’s why I am always looking for ways to make areas of the home more functional, organized and harmonious. To me this where we start to define our life, it starts in the places you spend most of your time or where you wish you had more time to spend.

Morgan Henington, Interior Designer

As a graduate of The Design Institute of San Diego, my first experience began in residential design where I learned what an amazing privilege it is to be a part of creating a beautifully, functional space in a client’s home. I believe space planning is the most challenging and also the most rewarding part of design and that is why California Closets is an ideal fit for me.  

Keating Hurd, Interior Designer

My success in the building and home remodeling industry comes from having a firm grasp and understanding of space planning, and how it affects the lives of my clients.  In my 17 years in this industry, I have built over 350 homes as a residential builder, have held real estate licenses in two states and most currently, earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the Design Institute of San Diego.<

Tessa Kelly, Interior Designer

As an Interior Designer, I'm dedicated to going above and beyond a client’s imagination. I'm  an active member in The American Society of Interior Design (ASID) and feel passionately about the need to be involved in one’s community both locally and globally.  

Jackie Rivas, Interior Designer

As an Interior Designer, my knowledge and experience has enhanced my passion of form and function, which is exemplified in the designs that we will create together. Our collaborating goal is to reach the most efficient use of space planning; while incorporating the importance of visual symmetry, balance and rhythm within your environment.

Joanna Suero, Interior Designer

I joined the California Closets San Diego team soon after I relocated from Florida where she was a design consultant for the California Closets franchise in sunny Naples. Prior to joining California Closets, I worked as a project manager and has extensive background in building and construction, product design and rooms decor renovations. 

Katie Swinburne, Interior Designer

I joined the California Closets team shortly after receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Design Institute of San Diego. As an interior designer, I have a fresh outlook on the design world and see every space as an opportunity for improvement in both functionality and beauty. I believe that color holds the potential to change everything and my specialized experience in color selection gives me an edge in realizing the best aesthetic for each of her client’s unique space. 

Ben Weiss, Design Consultant

I am a graduate from the University of Arizona. I have been designing custom storage solutions for over thirteen years and was recognized as the International Designer of the Year in 2014, 2013 and 2006 and second in 2009, 2010, & 2011 and third in 2012 and 2008. I have been the top designer for the San Diego Franchise each year since joining the company in 2001. I was named the San Diego designer of the Year in 2007-2011 based on the highest customer satisfaction scores from my clients.

Tamara Swanberg, Design Consultant

Our newest Design Consultant Tamara joined our team in August, 2015. Check back again soon for more information, including her biography and previous work.